February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is widespread and deadly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States.
The doctor’s talk may not get your heart racing like a love poem, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important.
By now most of us know that exercise is the key to keeping your heart in optimal shape. If you’re a student at a Fred Astaire Dance Studios, then you also already know that dancing is a great form of exercise. Dance enthusiasts often point to a study by the University of Brighton, which found many forms of dance, burn more calories than cycling. Dr. Nick Smeeton, a co-author of that study, points to the “movement in all directions” factor in dance. Smeeton compares the dancing body to a car. If running is like driving on a freeway, dancing is more like motoring through a busy city street. All the starting, stopping and changing directions burns a lot of fuel even if you don’t cover a lot of ground, he explains.
Dancing is a physical activity that engages your body and your mind in a social setting that’ll have you engaging and laughing while you improve your overall health. Want to see what dance can do for your heart? Get started with one of our February specials!
- Option A: 1 Private Lesson and 1 Practice Party
- Option B: 2 Private Lessons and 2 Practice Parties
It’s time to celebrate you! Join us, help fight heart disease and do some dancing! It will do your heart good.